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Courthouse closed for repairs after cooling system leak

The Cattaraugus County Courthouse in Little Valley was closed Monday and will be closed again today after a cooling system leaked water through three floors of the county building.

County Administrator John R. Searles said officials were assessing the damage and working to dry out carpets and clean the building at 303 Court St.

"What we fully expect is that the building will be open and operational by Wednesday," Searles said.

The building also houses offices for Surrogate Court, the district attorney and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Searles said some office equipment also was damaged when the spring-fed cooling system malfunctioned. The leak started during the weekend.

"The water infiltrated through three floors of the building," Searles said.

Matters scheduled for Surrogate Court, Supreme Court and County Court in Cattaraugus County have been adjourned, according to the State Unified Court System.

Cattaraugus County Family Court in Olean is open.


World's Largest Luau will benefit cancer patients

The World's Largest Luau is coming to Holiday Valley on Saturday as a fundraiser to help people battling cancer.

The tropical-themed event will occur from 3 to 8 p.m. at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville to support "Gotta Kiss Cancer Goodbye," a not-for-profit organization that assists cancer patients and survivors with better quality of life.

Tickets are on sale now for $30 per person and can be purchased at or 984-1128.

Live Luau entertainment will be playing throughout the event, along with a silent auction and door prizes. A beachball volleyball tournament will also run throughout the day. Teams of four can be registered for $40, or individual registrations for $10.


Grants given to local groups for War of 1812 activities

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area has announced $32,335 in grants to local organizations planning activities for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Recipients included the Historic Association of Lewiston, for its Battle of Queenston Heights commemoration and re-enactment; the Lewiston Council of the Arts for "Marble Orchard: Spirits of 1812"; the Old Fort Niagara Association for "Blue Coats along the Niagara"; and the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council for its website.


Headway of WNY plans annual fundraiser Thursday

Headway of Western New York, an affiliate of People Inc. that assists people with brain injuries and other disabilities, will hold its annual fundraiser, "Healing, Growing, Celebrating Life," from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Windows on the Green at Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Amherst.

Tickets are $40 and include food and two hours of free beer, wine and soft drinks. For tickets, call 408-3100.